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Does chocolate expire?

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Ever feel gutted when you find an expired bar of chocolate? Maybe not that often because the chances anyone ever having leftover chocolates is low, but sometimes chocolates can be misplaced and forgotten. But you don’t have to worry the next time you find a misplaced chocolate bar because chocolate happens to be one of those foods that takes a long time to expire (like pasta and chips).

Depending on the type of chocolate, there are some general indications you can follow to determine its shelf life.

Dark chocolate is known to last longer than milk and white chocolate. The absence of dairy in chocolate makes it less perishable. If unopened and stored properly, dark chocolate can last up to 2 years. If opened but stored well, it can last up to a year.

However for milk and white chocolate, its lifespan is cut in half. A year if unopened and stored properly and 6-8 months if opened.

The best before date only indicates when the product should be eaten to experience the best flavour. Although with chocolate, taste doesn’t differ too much when it’s consumed past it’s expiry date.

The expiration of your chocolate bars shouldn’t be confused with sugar and fat bloom though.

Sometimes when you open up your bar of chocolate and it has slightly white or brown splotches on its surface you don’t have to worry – it’s still edible.

Sugar bloom is a uniform white coat on the chocolate that indicates the sugar in the chocolate has crystallised. This happens when the chocolate gets in contact with water, or if the chocolate bar is kept in the refrigerator, or it’s spent some time in a place with high humidity.

Fat bloom is the lighter coloured spots on the chocolate. This occurs when the cocoa butter has separated from the cocoa mass and rises to the surface. Usually happens when the chocolate was not well-tempered, or has been exposed to fluctuations in temperature.

Chocolate that has bloomed might lose its original texture and flavour, but it’s still completely safe to eat! However the best way to know if a chocolate bar is safe to eat if judging it based on its smell and taste. Give it a sniff and a little taste if needed to know if it’s okay to be consumed.

Check out Grub Cycle’s selection of Chocolates here!



5 Ways To Turn Extra Food Into Something New

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Food waste is a real pain in the neck for the world. By 2050, the world needs to produce at least 50% more food to feed 9 billion people. However, 25% of crop yield may reduce due to climate change. Most of the supermarkets, food manufacturing companies, restaurants, municipalities and the federal government start adopting practices and strategies for reducing food waste. It is also important for us to reduce food waste in our own kitchens!


Here are 5 examples of giving a new life to food waste:


1. Homemade Apple Cider Vinegar

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Apple peels and cores always get left every time when you ate an apple. Instead of throwing them away, you can actually make them into homemade apple cider vinegar. Apple cider vinegar can be easily made with apple scraps, sugar and water. It does take two weeks to ferment, but all great things take time! You can enjoy a jar of apple cider vinegar thereafter. Most importantly, it costs you nothing while combats food waste at the same time!



2. Banana Ice Cream

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Bananas ripen within a few days. A lot of us won’t eat overripe bananas simply because they don’t look to good, taste too great and they’re extra mushy. But you can simply turn that into your very own homemade  banana ice cream! Freeze the overripe bananas overnight and blend them using blender or food processor to make delicious ice cream. Thanks to the high pectin content in bananas, the ice cream is creamy and rich. And yes, you only need one ingredient to make it. But of course, you can get creative and add other ingredients like peanut butter or chocolate chips to bring your ice cream up a level.


3. Rice Pudding

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We usually cook fried rice using our leftover rice. Do you know leftover cooked rice can be transformed into dessert too? With an equal part of leftover rice and milk, you can simmer it in a pot with constant stirring until it boils. Add any form of sweetener (like honey or sugar) if you like your desserts sweet and top off with cinnamon, cocoa powder or.. anything you fancy! The rice pudding can be served cold or right after cooking and you can keep your rice pudding in fridge for about 4 days.


4. Okara Patties

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Okara is the residue of making soy milk and tofu – it contains a high amount of protein (40% on a dry weight basis) with good essential amino acid profile and digestibility. In simpler words, it’s a great substitute for meat. Simply mix the dried and mashed okara with flour and some seasoning and shape them into the shape of patties. You can bake or fry the patties upon your preference. Other than reducing food waste, you are saving the environment by going meatless!


5. Pickled foods

Pickling is a food preservation method that has been around and utilised for years by many different cultures. So it’s a no brainer to pickle leftover food at home to reduce food waste – you can pickle any surplus fruits and vegetables you have before waiting for them to turn bad. All you need is some vinegar, sugar, salt and water for your pickling liquid and you’re free to pickle whatever produce you want! Alternatively, you can also get your own jar of our Grub Homemade Kimchi, selling at only RM9.00 a jar.




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8 Lucky Foods During Chinese New Year

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This week we celebrate Chinese New Year, and the food is one of the key ingredients in celebrating this festivity! Chinese New Year food is the center of bringing family together and each dish symbolizes prosperity for the new year, so we decided to dig into what some dishes represent!

1. Whole fish (abundance, prosperity)

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The chinese word for fish (yú “鱼”) sounds like the word “余” which means surplus or abundance. In fact there is a chinese saying of “年年有鱼” which loosely translates to every year have fish, or every year have abundance (“年年有余”). Fish is typically served whole at the end of the meal to symbolise surplus at the end of the year.

2. Tangerines, oranges (wealth, success)

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Oranges are a very common food associated to Chinese New Year. This is because oranges are a popular symbol of good luck due to the similarity between the Chinese words for orange (“橙”) and success (“成”).

3. Dumplings (wealth, prosperity)

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Dumplings are eaten for their shape, which resembles a gold ingot or money packets. These chinese dumplings (or also known as jiǎozi) are traditionally eaten on the fifth day of Chinese New Year, which also happens to be the birthday of Caishen, the Chinese God of Wealth.

4. Shrimp (happiness)

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The word for shrimp in Chinese is pronounced “ha” (虾), which sounds just like laughter. Therefore, shrimp is often served to symbolise a happy year ahead.

5. Noodles (longevity)

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Also known as longevity noodles, these long noodles made of either rice, egg or wheat dough represent, well, longevity. They are served uncut to symbolise a wish for long life.

6. Brocolli & cauliflower (riches)

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Dishes with brocolli or cauliflower are often served because of its stalks. The multiple stalks each symbolise a blossoming new year.

7. Nián Gāo (good luck)

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These sticky rice cakes can be enjoyed all year round, but they are especially popular during the Chinese New Year due to the name. Nián gāo literally translates to “year cake” from Chinese to English, and gāo (“糕”) is a homophone with “高” which means higher or elevated – similar to the phrase “higher each year”. Consuming this confection is believed to bring you more luck in the coming new year.

8. Yee sang (prosperity)

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Also known as lou hei, this festive dish originated from Malaysia! It is also eaten in Singapore, Indonesia and is gaining popularity in China. This colourful raw salad consists of varying ingredients like carrots, daikon, red cabbage, raw fish, peanuts, sesame seeds and is dressed with plum sauce and sesame oil. Loosely translated to “prosperity toss”, that is exactly how the dish is enjoyed – the ingredients are layed out nicely on a large serving dish and everyone gathers around with their chopsticks to toss the salad, ushering in good wishes for the new year.


But of course with every festive meal, remember to eat up all the good food and not let anything go to waste!




8 New Year Food Traditions Around The World

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Happy New Year! It’s finally 2018!

We thought we would welcome the new year by looking at how other parts of the world celebrate it… with food, of course.


1. Soba noodles, Japan

This tradition dates back to the 17th century, and these long buckwheat noodles symbolize longevity and prosperity. In Japanese households, families believe that consuming a whole bowl of soba at midnight of New Year’s Eve would bring them good luck.


2. Grapes, Spain

12 grapes to be exact.

At the stroke of midnight, the people of Spain eat a grape with every ring of the clock bell to bring luck with every coming month of the new year. This custom began in the 20th century, thought up by grape producers in the country and now is a common tradition in most Spanish-speaking nations.


3. Pickled herring, Poland and Scandinavia

Herring is not only an abundant staple in Europe, the silver fish is thought to symbolize good fortune. Therefore, people believe that eating a plate of pickled herring at midnight would bring a bountiful year ahead.


4. Rice cake soup, South Korea

In South Korea, celebrating the New Year is like celebrating everybody’s birthday. To usher in the new year, Koreans eat a bowl of tteokguk, a meat and vegetable soup with rice cakes and once the soup is finished, everyone grows another year older together. Some believe white rice cakes were used for a clean, fresh new start of the year to come while others believe that it was to wish for affluence as the round shape of the rice cake resembles that of a coin.


5. Lentils, Italy

Italians feast on a dish called cotechino e lenticchie on New Year’s Day, which is a dish of sausage and lentils, to usher in a new year of prosperity. The lentils swell when they are cooked, and are believed to represent coins or wealth.


6. Kransekage, Denmark and Norway

Kransekage (or Kransekake in Norwegian) means wreath cake and is a dessert eaten to celebrate the New Year. It is a tall tower of many concentric rings of cake layered on top of one another. The cake is made out of marzipan, decorated with flags and other decorations and has a bottle of wine or aquavit in the center.


7. Sweet bread, Mexico

In Mexico, a sweet break called rosca de reyes which is baked with either a coin or charm in it is made for good luck. It is believed that whoever eats the slice with the hidden coin or charm will receive good luck in the upcoming year.


8. Champagne, USA

In America, they keep their traditions simple. Most Americans pop open a bottle of champagne to welcome in the New Year.


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Food waste: Initiatives worldwide

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Almost a month ago we celebrated the United Nations World Food Day. World Food Day raises awareness on sustainable food production and challenges society to reduce food waste.  Food waste is a growing global phenomenon that continues to harm the environment. Grub Cycle is a part of the global movement to reduce and combat food waste, not only to save the environment but also to benefit the consumer by saving you money. As such, we are continually inspired by creative and innovative ways that organisations around the globe are using to tackle food waste.

Here are some of our favourites:

1. Creative marketing that celebrates “ugly” fruits and vegetables

40% of fruits and vegetables are wasted simply because of the way it looks. Generations of marketing have led us to believe that supposedly defunct fruits and vegetables are not desirable nor safe to consume. One French Supermarket,  Intermarché , created has created a campaign to debunk this myth and celebrate these food items. The “Inglorious” campaign represents a shift in how we can use marketing as a tool to influence consumer behaviour to curb food waste. Intermarché  took their food waste efforts one step further by providing 30% off the so-called “ugly” fruits and vegetables.

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2. Bosch Smart Fridge

Ever come back from the supermarket with food you already had in your fridge? Well, Bosch developed a smart fridge with camera technology that snaps pictures of the content of your fridge every time the door is closed. The fridge #selfies are linked to an app to encourage customers not to double up on items they already have. In the United Kingdom(UK) a quarter of households waste up to £235 of food every year due to “doubling up” on groceries. That’s equivalent to RM1,317! A leading UK supermarket, Sainsbury’s, gave 20 families the smart fridge and are currently tracking their food waste behaviour as result of this innovative technology.

Image: Bosch

3. No Food Waste India

Founded in Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, No Food Waste is an NGO that donates excess food to the needy. But they aren’t your average soup kitchen NGO, they take it another step further with their mobile app that allows for crowd sourcing of data to identify the hunger spots in India, and for people to submit requests for donation of excess food.

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4. Love Food Hate Waste

Based in England, the Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP) started the Love Food Hate Waste (LFHW) program to promote awareness and food reduction. Love Food Hate Waste has its own dedicated consumer facing website containing detailed ideas to help individuals, communities and organisations reduce food waste as well as the LFHW partner website containing free materials, templates, and resources for local authorities. So far, they’re saving £3.3 billion a year compared with 2007, not to mention saving 4.4 million tonnes of CO2 – that’s like taking 1.8 million cars off the road! Plus, they made these quirky posters that we love.

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5. Newly launched, #GrubMobile by Grub Cycle

Okay, admittedly we are very biased with our third favourite but lets us tell you why! Here at Grub Cycle Malaysia we have just launched our first mobile supermarket in Bukit Lanchong. #GrubMobile is a new way we are curbing food waste by acquiring fresh fruits and vegetables that would be thrown out because of standard supermarket policy. #GrubMobile  is deeply invested in the idea of meeting the consumer where they are. Given the response and interest to our products further out of Klang Valley region we thought we’d bring an alternative food waste option closer to local communities. To date, we have had 3 sales and one workshop on how to reduce food waste and definitely much more to come!

Keep your eyes peeled for our next mobile sale and follow our #GrubMobile journey on social media!


9 ways to avoid food wastage at home

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Food waste is the huge issue in the world. Indeed, according FAO (Food and Agriculture organisation – United Nations), more than 41,200 kgs of food is thrown every seconds in the world. This means that 1.3 billion tons of food by year i.e 1/3 of food destined to human consumption would be wasted. FAO estimates that this food waste represents 900 billions dollars every year!

Below are 9 smart ways to waste less food and save money easily.

1. Buy smart, buy well

It might sound simple, but this tip is probably one of the best ways to prevent food waste. When you’re out grocery shopping, make sure to not buy in excess. Take note of food purchases you didn’t manage to finish in the past and buy less the next time. It helps to have a shopping list of necessities and actually stick to it. Discipline is key!

2. When cooking, cook the right quantities

Yeeeep, we may really love our food but let’s not cook in excess quantities. Using small plates to serve can be a good idea to limit having to big portions and not finishing our plates.


3. Don’t throw away excess food: keep it and eat it later

Sometimes we have trouble estimating how much pasta to cook for dinner and end up cooking too much, don’t throw it away but store it in your fridge for later! It helps to label your leftovers with a date to help remind you to consume it before it goes bad. Additionally, you can incorporate your leftovers into a routine! “On Wednesdays, we eat leftovers!”


4. Store your food in the right places

Different types of food need to be stored differently – certain fruits or vegetables don’t need to be stored in the fridge, and some pantry items need to be kept in a cool dark place. For better preservation, meats should be placed at the top of the fridge (or freezer) and the vegetables in the bottom compartments.


5. Organise your fridge

Right after your recent grocery run, organise your fridge so that older products are placed in front and new ones behind. It’s so easy to forget about what is in the fridge, especially when you can’t see it. By arranging your items in your fridge, it’ll help prevent you from forgetting any older food items in your fridge and makes sure that they are consumed!


6. Don’t only trust the date, but also your senses

If a product smells bad or has a different smell, it certainly isn’t good anymore. The date does not assure everything, even if it remains a good way to know if the product is edible or not. Certain products are “good” even after it’s best before date, but to be sure, have a look and a sniff. Trust your senses!


7. Freeze fruits or vegetables

This method allows you to keep them in perfect condition for ten months at the most. Wash your produce well, dry with a kitchen towel and store them in a ziplock bag or any container. It’s not necessary to defrost before cooking your vegetables either. Frozen fruits also are a great ingredient to include in smoothies. Just freeze any ripe fruit (like bananas or berries) and pop them into a blender when making a smoothie!


8. Convert food waste into compost!

If you’re into gardening, you can use certain types of food to make compost! But all the food cannot be transformed, and it is necessary not to think “it doesn’t matter if that wastes, it will become some compost”. The less you have of compost to be made and the more you prevent the wasting!


9. Give it away to someone who will eat it

Before food becomes inedible, and you know that you aren’t gonna consume it before it expires, think of giving your food to those who really need it. Check for NGOs in your area that would accept such gifts. Or any of your friends that just really loves food!


Food waste is a big issue, and these tips can be really useful to limit the consequences in your home!


Souka makan?

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If your answer is no, then we have a quote for you.
Someone once said, “Life is uncertain. Eat dessert first.”

One of the best things in life is to be able to enjoy a cup of coffee with a side of dessert. Maybe add a book in the mix too. At Souka Cafe, a bakeshop with outlets in Subang Jaya and TTDI, you’ll be able to do just that!

The selection of cakes at this cafe is heaven-sent. There’s a cake for everyone, no matter what your taste bud is like and whether you’re a chocolate, cheese, carrot or pandan cake lover.

Cupcakes: Red Velvet, Salted Caramel Chocolate, Death by Nutella

Chocolate fudge brownies with caramel drizzle

Classic carrot walnut cake

Red velvet, Mars Bar cheesecake, Oreo cheesecake, marble cheesecake, carrot cake, hazelnut torte – you name it, they have it. The desserts are also made daily, hence guaranteeing you the best taste possible.

Souka Cafe is also worth a visit if you’re looking to host an event or a birthday party as they allow you to purchase whole cakes. If you already have a certain type of cake in mind, you can also customise the cake to suit your preference!

If you’re not a sweet tooth, however, fret not as there are other hearty meals on the menu that can satisfy your savoury cravings..









Since we’re also partners with Souka Cafe, this means good news for all of us – you get to munch on yummies AND reduce food waste. Just follow these steps below so that you can get your sweet tooth cravings fixed!

  1. Download and sign up to use our app that is available on both iOS and Android
  2. Check out the Grub Bites section where there will be a list of surplus food available
  3. Retrieve the promo code by clicking on the desired food
  4. Head over to the cafe to purchase your yummy food item and show them your promo code
  5. Receive statistics on how much you’re saving



53 JALAN SS15/5A,
47500 Subang Jaya,
Selangor, Malaysia.
Tel: +6 03 5613 3532
15 Lorong Rahim Kajai 13
Taman Tun Dr. Ismail
60000 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: +6 03 7732 2248 (TTDI)
Operating hours:
Tuesday – Thursday & Sunday : 11am – 10pm
Friday – Saturday : 11am – 12am

Born and Bread Cafe

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Were you born and bred to eat bread? Then there’s one cafe that you should definitely check out!

Conveniently located near the Titiwangsa LRT Station, the Born and Bread Cafe is perfect for you to have brunch or dinner with your friends and family or enjoy a quiet afternoon tea with a book in hand! The two year-old cafe offers a wide selection of both Asian and Western dishes, as well as baked goods such as cakes and pastries.

Linguine Bolognese with cherry tomatoes and black olives

Asian food selection at Born and Bread

The cafe also offers special lunch deals and student discounts (15% off!), and is
open to catering orders and space reservation for parties and events.

GC x Born and Bread

Moreover, since Born and Bread Cafe is a partner of Grub Cycle, you get to enjoy surplus cakes and pastries at a lower price. All you have to do is just follow these steps below and you’ll be THAT much closer to getting your munch on!

  1. Download and sign up to use our app that is available on both iOS and Android
  2. Check out the Grub Bites section where there will be a list of surplus food available
  3. Retrieve the promo code by clicking on the desired food
  4. Head over to the cafe to purchase your yummy food item and show them your promo code
  5. Receive statistics on how much you’re saving

Born and Bread Cafe

23, Jalan Larut, Titiwangsa Sentral, 50400 Kuala Lumpur, Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Opening Hours: Tuesday – Friday (9AM-11PM), Sat-Sun (8:30AM-11PM)

Tel: +60 12-980 3468

Olive Oil

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About Olive Oil

Pressed from fresh olives, olive oil is one of the most widely used oil in cooking and its health benefits aplenty. Olive oil not only reduces the risk of diabetes, but it also helps prevent heart diseases, fights osteoporosis as well as protect against different types of cancer. There are generally two types of commonly used olive oil: extra virgin and virgin. The former is mainly used for dipping and dressing, whilst the latter can be used for both dressing and for cooking.

Nutrition facts

Monosaturated fat – 77g

Polyunsaturated  – 8.4g

Saturated fat         – 13.5g


How long can olive oil be used after the expiration date?

Like many other food products, olive oil is safe for consumption or use even after the expiration date. Generally, a closed or opened bottle of olive oil, both extra virgin and virgin, can be used for up to 2-3 years if stored properly. The colour, texture and clarity of the product may change with age, but the product may still be safe to consume.

Further, it is also important to consider what is meant by the expirationdate. If the label states information regarding the time of minimum durability(TMD) of the olive oil, then this refers to the minimum time within which the product maintains its organoleptic properties (taste, colour, odour) as defined on the label. The standardised TMD for olive oil is 18 months from the date of bottling, but beyond this time, olive oil is still safe for consumption or use.

Here are some tips to extend your olive oil’s shelf life:

  • Store them in air tight containers
  • Keep them in a cool, dark place such as the pantry
  • Avoid placing them near appliances of high heat such as the stove or the oven

*Please note that while these are our recommendations on how to best store your olive oil, individual circumstances apply depending on the taste, odour and colour.


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5 Foods You Can Still Eat Past The Expiration Date

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Expiration dates printed on the packaging of foods at the supermarket are not always accurate representations of a food’s shelf life. These labels actually cause millions of pounds of food to be wasted every year as not many people actually understand what expiration dates really mean.

Here are 5 examples of food that you can safely eat past their expiration date:

1. Cereal

  • Like many other food products, cereals have a shelf life beyond its expiration date printed on their boxes. If stored properly – that is, in a cool, dry place – cereal can last for months after the sell-by date. If you’re at the store and you see your favourite cereal brand on sale, make sure you stock up fast! It might be a bit stale, but it can be eaten for at least another six more months.
  • Check out Grub Cycle’s selection of cereals here

2. Chocolate

  • Ever seen a whitish coating on the surface of your chocolate and think it’s expired? The white film is actually called “chocolate bloom” and it can be safe to consume. Just make sure that the chocolates are stored in a cool place!
  • Check out our selection of chocolates (such as Kit Kat, M&M’s and Ferrero Rocher) here!

3. Canned goods

  • Have you ever wondered why people in apocalypse movies have their food storage filled with canned goods? It’s because canned goods don’t expire for year after the expiration date! Since oxygen doesn’t get into the cans, bacteria can’t grow in them. For best results, they should probably be kept in a cooler, dryer and darker part of your kitchen.
  • Just in case you need to stock up.. Here’s Ayamas Kitchen Sardines in Tomato Sauce for only RM6.00 that expires on 16-Jun-2019!

4. Soft drinks

  • Did you know that most soft drinks have a best before rather than an expiry date printed on them? That’s because carbonated drinks can be consumed even after this date as they are formulated with additives in order to last longer.
  • The taste might not be of peak quality (hence, the ‘best before’ date) but they’re still consumable if stored properly! Food scientists estimate that those with regular sugar content can safely be consumed up to 6 months after their best before date whilst diet soda can last up to 4 months.
  • Feeling thirsty? Check out what canned drinks we have for you here!

5. Pickled foods: